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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS SASKATCHEWAN 262

 

READY AND CONFIDENT

HMCS Saskatchewan in the North Sea - Oct 1963 - DND/RCN photo

Photo taken by an aircraft from the aircraft carrier HNLMS Karl Dorman

 

Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic 1943-44,   Normandy  1944,   Biscay  1944

 

 

Laid down: 28 Oct 1959

Launched: 01 Feb 1961

Commissioned: 16 Feb 1963

Paid off: 27 May 1985 for DELEX refit

DELEX refit complete: 17 Jun 1986

Re-commissioned: 17 June 1986

Paid off: 01 Apr 1994

Fate: Sunk as an artificial reef on 14 Jun 1997

 

Built by Victoria Machinery Depot and completed by Yarrows at Esquimalt, Saskatchewan was commissioned on 16 Feb 1963, following which, from Jun to Oct 1963, she was based at Halifax. In Oct 1963, Bonaventure, Algonquin, Cayuga, Micmac and Saskatchewan took part in a NATO exercise in which all participating ships were battered by a severe North Atlantic storm (click here to see the newspaper article). She then returned west until Feb 1970, when she sailed to Halifax with the erstwhile crew of Kootenay, relieving Nipigon as flagship of SNFL that summer, but returned to the Pacific in 1973. She was given her DELEX refit at Burrard Yarrow Inc., Esquimalt, between 27 May 1985 and 17 Jun 1986. HMCS Saskatchewan took part in SOPLOY '86 from 25 Aug 1986 till 25 Nov 1986.  During that deployment Saskatchewan was part of a Canadian squadron that visited Australia for the RAN's 75th Anniversary celebrations. Port visits during SOPLOY '86  were: Pearl Harbor 3-6 Sep / 14-17 Nov; Pago Pago, American Samoa 14 Sep & 05 Nov; Suva, Fiji 18-20 Sep; Brisbane, Australia 25-27 Nov; Sydney, Australia 29 Sep-07 Oct; Melbourne, Australia 8-13 Oct; Wellington, New Zealand 22-23 Oct; Gisborne, New Zealand 24-27 Oct and Auckland, New Zealand 28-31 Oct 1986. During the South American Cruise in 1989, Saskatchewan Crossed the Equator on 16 May 1989 and visited the following ports: Acapulco 05 - 09 May, Guayaquil 17 - 22 May, Caldera 27 May - 01 Jun, Puerto Vallarta 07 - 11 Jun, San Diego 16-19 Jun and San Francisco 23-26 Jun 1989. In her final years, Saskatchewan was a member of Training Group Pacific, instructing officer cadets in ship handling, navigation and marine engineering. On 17 Mar 1994, barely six weeks before she was paid off, Saskatchewan lost two crew members, Slt N.P. Schiele and AB S.J. Schreurs, in a diving accident in Shoal Channel, Howe Sound. Saskatchewan was paid off on 01 Apr 1994, purchased by the Artificial Reef Society of B.C. and sunk on 14 Jun 1997, near Nanaimo.

 

Commanding Officers

Cdr Mark William Mayo, RCN - 16 Feb 1963 - 18 Dec 1964

Cdr M.A. Turner, RCN - 18 Dec 1964 - 07 Mar 1966

Cdr P.J. Traves, RCN - 07 Mar 1966 - 15 Jul 1967

Cdr Norman Shuttleworth Jackson, RCN - 15 Jul 1967 - 23 Sep 1968

Cdr Harry Rusk, RCN - 23 Sep 1968 - 15 Jan 1970

Cdr Neil St. Clair Norton - 15 Jan 1970 - 09 Mar 1971

LCdr Alexander Bajkov - 09 Mar 1971 - 02 Apr 1971

Cdr Robert Frederick Gladman - 02 Apr 1971 - 06 Jul 1972

Cdr Trevor Stephen Hayward - 06 Jul 1972 - 09 Apr 1973

LCdr Harold Lindsay Davies - 09 Apr 1973 - 31 Jul 1973

Cdr John Harwood - 31 Jul 1973 - 24 May 1974

Cdr Joseph Guy Comeau - 24 May 1974 - 01 Sep 1976

Cdr F. Hope - 01 Sep 1976 - 03 Aug 1978

Cdr H.T. Porter - 03 Aug 1978 - 03 Jul 1980

Cdr James Douglas Sine - 03 Jul 1980 - 05 Aug 1982

Cdr Gareth John Eldridge - 18 Aug 1982 - 25 Jun 1984

Cdr D.R.A. McLean - 25 Jun 1984 - 15 Jun 1985

Cdr Stanley Frederick Verran - 15 Jun 1985 - 25 Jul 1988

Cdr Dave V. Adamthwaite - 25 Jul 1988 - 15 Aug 1990 

Cdr S.E. King - 15 Aug 1090 - 21 Jul 1992

Cdr N.R. Sorsdahl - 21 Jul 1992 - 01 Apr 1994

 

Captain for the day

 

Captain for the day is a tradition in the RCN where during the ship's Christmas celebrations, the Commanding Officer changes places with the youngest member of the ship's company.

Daniel Watson, OSRP - 1976

 

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry

SCHIELE, Nicole Patricia

A/Slt, C.F. (Navy)

died (diving accident) - 17 Feb 1994 

 

While on a routine training dive in Howe Sound with six other divers, their team encountered difficulties at depth and Slt Schiele and her dive partner died. She was buried with full Military honours in Victoria, BC, on 25 Feb 1994.

SCHREURS, Sandy Jacob

AB, H10693688, C.F. (Navy)

died (diving accident) - 17 Feb 1994 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Anderson, Joseph Clifford

1917-2014

Anderson, Tom

____-2018

Balfour, James Pascoe

1931-2017

Bassingthwaite, James H.

1945-2016

Bennett, Richard James

1931-2013

Brunt, Alan Robert

1957-2000

Burr, Brian

1948-2010

 

 

 

C-D

Cadwallader, Charles William A.

1927-2006

Callaghan, Brian

1934-2013

Cartwright, William

1936-2013

Carver, Robert James

1935-2015

Catton, Darryl Arnold

____-2014

Cavan, Leonard Joseph

1929-2015

Served in Saskatchewan in 1963 as Lt, RCN, OpsO

Christie, Robert William

1937-2006 

Clark, George

1936-1977

Clarke, Robert

1938-2017

Couckuyt, Brian D.

1959-2007

Curell, Randy

1940-2013

Davies, Harold Lindsay

1936-2011

10th Commanding Officer

Dewar, John Scott

1951-2016

Served in Saskatchewan as CBTO

Draibye, Mark

1930-2014

Driemel, Harry H.

1927-2002

Served in Saskatchewan 16 Feb 1963 - 26 Jul 1964

Dykstra, Albert G.

1940-2015

 

 

 

 

E-F

Earl, Kevin William

1957-2016

Edmundson, Kenneth D.

1945-1995

Eldridge, Gareth J.

1931-2017

16th Commanding Officer

Esdon, Randy

1965-2014

Fahey, Robert Gary

1940-2013

Fast, Allen

1934-2017

Fortier, Louis-Philippe

1925-2015

Fowlie, William D.

1937-2016

Fraser, Robert Neilson

1933-2017

 

G-H

Gammon, Bryan T.

1929-2008

Grainger, Robert Keith

1935-2007

Griffin, Edward Joseph

____-2010

Good, Raymond S.

____-1995

Groot-Koerkamp, Gerald Peter

1966-2013

Guilderson, Ron

1943-2001

Hamilton, Murray Wayne Fraser

1949-2015

Hannem, Dallas Norris

1940-2016

Hart, William Edgar

____-2004

Harwood, John

1932-2018

11th Commanding Officer

Hebert, Craig Michael

____-2013

Hilliard, Geoffrey Strickland

____-1972

 

 

 

K-L

Kearney, Joseph Patrick

1935-2012

Kidder, Larry

____-2014

Kiley, Wilfred Laurier

1933-2015

Lauriault, Gilles

____-2017

Leong, Kam Way

1948-2018

Little, Vernon Earle

1924-1979

Logie, Robert Douglas

1928-2017

Lower, Richard Ernest

1924-2009

 

 

M-N

McDonald, Cyril Anthony

1960-2018

Mackie, Edward

1934-2007

MacPherson, Paul

____- 2000

Mayo, Mark William

1923-2011

McArdle, Christopher Charles

1934-2017

McInnis, Ronald Reginald

1929-2006

Buffer when on Saskatchewan

McIntyre, Earl L.

1934-2016

McLeod, Cathel James

1919-2017

Melville, Wayne Randall

____-c1995

Moir, Harvey R.

1928-2014

Mowat, Robert Alexander Laird

1950-2009

Nairn, Herbert John

____-2007

Nairne, Bill, CPO2

____-1990

Nelson, Raymond Gene

1938-2018

Neufeld, Henry

____-2014

Norton, Neil St. Clair

1928-2010

 

 

 

 

O-P

O'Brien. Joseph M.

1928-2002

Parsons, Harvey

1936-2016

Power, Leonard M.

____-2018

 

 

Q-R

Ross, John Laurie

1950-2006

Rusk, Harry

1928-2012

5th Commanding Officer

Russell, William

1939-2014

Rutherford, Robert

1939-2008

 

S-T

Sailor, Frank

1928-2012

Shields, Amory Russell

1926-2017

Slade, John Charles

1937-2003

Served in Saskatchewan in 1963 as Lt, RCN

Southin, Howard Edward

1922-2018

Commissioning crew

Spears, Patrick Harold

1949-2013

Stephanson, Darrell Philip

1956-2006

Tomlinson, Gordon Earle

1925-2015

 

 

 

W-X

Wareham, Earle A.

1922-2016

Served in Saskatchewan as Yeoman

Wilson, Rodmond Clair

1932-2014

Wright, David L.

1942-2017

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Abraham, John M., LSER / Ship's Diver   

 

Adamthwaite, Dave V., Lt (N), OpsO, WpnsO, TrgO - 1974-1976 /  LCdr, XO - 1982-1984 

 

Atkins, Tom 

 

Baldwin, David E., ER - 1981

 

Becevel, Michael, Radioman

 

Crawford, Al

 

Duhamel, Alfe

Falk, Alan David, AB, RCN - 1967

 

Girouard, Mike - early 80s

 

Hardie, Glen, LCdr, XO - 1990

 

Holm, David J., BN 

 

Hughes, Cyril - Commissioning crew

 

Johnston, R.J., OSWS - May 77 - 18 Dec 77

 

Kloosterman, Jim

 

Kirouac, Peter - 1974 

LeClair, Richard, PO2/PO1 - 1984 - 1985

 

La Fave, John 33169-H, Commissioning crew

 

Owens, John

 

Pinnell, Terry, Lt - Jun 1981 - Jun 1982

 

Preston, Douglas, ABER - 1963 - 1965, Commissioning crew

 

Watson, Daniel, RP - 1976-1979

 

RCN Memories

Port 10

The Great Rum Robbery

 

Links

HMCS Saskatchewan - Commissioning Book

HMCS Saskatchewan - Crossing the Line - SOPLOY '86

HMCS Saskatchewan - Reactivation Booket (after DELEX refit) 25 Feb 1986

Personal photo gallery of Harry Driemel

Personal photo gallery for Vernon Little

Ship's company photos for HMCS Saskatchewan

 

Photos and Documents (below)

 

     

 

The launching of HMCS Saskatchewan 262 on 01 Feb 1961

Courtesy of Greg Volkman

Six days after their new ship was commissioned, officers and men of HMCS Saskatchewan were inspected by Rear-Admiral W. M. Landymore, Flag Officer Pacific Coast. Source:: CROWSNEST Magazine, Vol 15, No. 3 March 1963

Welcome Aboard

 

Paying off Cruise - HMCS Saskatchewan 262

 

     

 

Courtesy of Cyril Hughes

The Saskatchewan Blues

 

A poetic memento of the 16 Apr - 29 Nov 1963 deployment

 

              

 

Courtesy of Cyril Hughes

Certificate for Maple Spring 1967 for AB A. Falk, HMCS Saskatchewan

Courtesy of Alan Falk

"Black Thursday"

Routine Orders - HMCS Saskatchewan 262 - 01 Feb 1968

Courtesy of Fred Schatz

CPO Lower, Cox'n, HMCS Saskatchewan

Crossed the Bar: 10 Sep 2009 

Courtesy of Richard Whaley

The Good Ol Days - Tot Time With Wingers on HMCS Saskatchewan 262

Alfe, Win, Reg King, John Owens, Al Crawford, Bill Nairne and two American sailors (one on front right and the other on the rear left) trying out the rum

Courtesy of Alfe Duhamel

The Good Ol Days - Tot Time With Wingers on HMCS Saskatchewan 262

Courtesy of Alfe Duhamel

Jayne Mansfield on board HMCS Saskatchewan Oct 1966

Alfe Duhamel in white siglet holding a coffee (background, 2nd from right)

Courtesy of Alfe Duhamel

PM Lester B. Pearson on the bridge of HMCS Saskatchewan

Courtesy of Alfe Duhamel

HMCS Saskatchewan 262 taken from HMCS Annapolis 265

Courtesy of Art Fallas

Raymond S. Good and shipmate

Courtesy of Lorraine Casey

HMCS Saskatchewan in the North Sea.  Photo taken by an aircraft from the carrier HNLMS Karl Dorman in 1963

Courtesy of Dave Stephens

HMCS Saskatchewan 262 - 30 Mar 1972

 

Ceremonial issue of last tot to PO2 Robert (Bob) Christie, CPO1 Pegley and PO1 Ryan by Slt May

 

DND Photo

Courtesy of Patti Christie


HMCS Saskatchewan firing a mortor, May 82 West Coast VI W601

In the first photo you can see the mortar bomb just above the port yardarm.

Courtesy of Dennis McMillan

Radar Plotters on HMCS Saskatchewan 1983

Courtesy of Bernie Quigley

HMCS Saskatchewan 262 Crossing the Line - 1986

 

During Exercise SOPLOY '86, HMCS Saskatchewan conducted two Crossing the Line Ceremonies to initiate the unworthy into King Neptune's Realms.  Herewith is an excerpt from her SOPLOY '86 booklet detailing the two crossings.

 

Crossing the Line 11 Sep 1986 

 

                             

 

the 2nd Crossing - 08 Nov 1986

 

           

 

Courtesy of Andy Hoskins

HMCS SASKATCHEWAN 262 - Oct 1991 with Special Sea Duty Men closed up ready to come alongside Sydney, Australia

Courtesy of Eric Kahler, Director, Naval Museum of Alberta

 

Saskatchewan being sunk as an artificial reef off Nanaimo BC 14 Jun 1997

 

       

 

Source: Artificial Reef Society of British Columbia

 


 

        

 

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

 

 

 

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